‘Slaughtergate’ Shifts Attention Away from Ranching Problem

The story last week by The New York Times about the $1,000 adoption incentive, and the ‘unintended’ consequences associated therewith, fueled the debate about the best way to get rid of wild horses.  No surprise that the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses was involved.

Subsequent coverage, such as this report by KLAS News, gives them an opportunity to push their ruinous fertility control programs.

They’re not questioning if the horses need to be removed, only if it can be done ‘humanely.’

“We’re calling it ‘slaughtergate.’  It happens about every decade,” Roy shared.  “The BLM gets exposed to sending wild horses, federally protected wild horses and burrows [sic] to slaughter.  And the reason this keeps happening is because the BLM keeps rounding up wild horses.”

Why won’t they look upstream in the wild horse management process?  Why aren’t they interested in resource allocations and management priorities in wild horse areas?

Because the data would show that many of them are not overpopulated.  They have too many cattle and sheep, not too many horses.

The argument in favor of fertility control would fall to the ground—and that’s not good for business.

RELATED: Adoption Incentive Backfiring or Working Exactly as Planned?

One thought on “‘Slaughtergate’ Shifts Attention Away from Ranching Problem

  1. By operation of several laws there are alternatives to leaving wild horse and burro herds in drought-stricken overgrazed ranges, adoption to slaughter. One out of every 10 acres of wildlife habitat in the United States is managed by the BLM National System of Public lands – approximately 245 million acres (380,000 square miles) in 23 states in addition to county and state multiple-use habitat designations and wildlife preserves. 1976 When the Supreme Court in Kleppe v New Mexico determined the wildlife status of wild horses and burros Congress should have transferred jurisdiction to US Fish and Wildlife for protection under the operation of ESA law. Further court decisions include: . Mt. States v Hodel “In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a particular species of wildlife.”
    Funds for rewilding and habitat options are expanded beyond the 1971 FRWHBA limitations by the wildlife case: https://scholarship.law.wm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi….

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